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Avaya-Powered Hotline Helps NORAD Track Santa

PRESS RELEASE — SANTA CLARA, Calif. – December 17, 2015 – For the 60th consecutive year, boys and girls eager to follow Santa’s December 24 travels can call a trusted resource. Volunteers staffing a NORAD Tracks Santa hotline will be poised to answer their most pressing questions – from Santa’s estimated arrival time to the amount of weight he gains eating cookies throughout the long night.    

Volunteers will use an Avaya Customer Engagement Solution to respond to the children of all ages who are expected to flood the hotline with calls.  It’s the same technology Avaya Government Solutions uses to support the important mission of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a result, it has been extensively tested by the Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and is certified to be Santa-ready.

Calls fielded by the NORAD Tracks Santa hotline have grown steadily, totaling nearly 550,000 over the last five years alone. Last year set a new record with 134,970 calls from all corners of the globe during a single 23-hour period. Volunteers will be at their posts again this year from 4 a.m. MST (6 a.m. EST) on December 24 through the early morning hours of December 25.

The Avaya-powered hotline is part of a highly sophisticated program to make certain Santa makes a successful journey. NORAD experts carefully monitor his travels and ensure his safety using radar, satellites, jet planes and Santa Cams positioned in strategic locations worldwide. As a result, NORAD Tracks Santa volunteers have an insider’s view of Santa’s progress to share as he soars through the night sky.

NORAD Tracks Santa began 60 years ago with a simple typo. A department store ad promoting a December 24 Santa hotline mistakenly listed the number of an air defense operations center in Colorado. Colonel Harry Shoup was on duty that night. Rather than hanging up, he had his team check the radar, find Santa’s location and share the information with every child who called. Since then, thousands of volunteers and corporate contributors have helped NORAD keep the magic alive – turning the program into an enduring and beloved annual tradition. 

As this year’s wait for Santa begins, NORAD has posted family-friendly games, videos and information about Santa at www.noradsanta.org. Details about Santa’s travels will also be available on December 24 through social media, including www.facebook.com/noradsanta, www.twitter.com/noradsanta, www.youtube.com/noradsanta and https://plus.google.com.

“For several years, Avaya Government Solutions has been helping the North American Aerospace Defense Command keep the ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ tradition alive for Santa fans around the globe. The program was born out of the spirit of the season, and that same spirit sustains it today. We are proud to support NORAD’s overall mission, including its annual NORAD Tracks Santa Program.”

— Susan Pompliano Keys, VP, Avaya Government Solutions

Resources:

  • 1 877 HI-NORAD (1 877 446-6723) (staffed beginning 4 a.m. MST/6 a.m. EST on 12/24/2015)

Tags: Avaya, Avaya Government Solutions, NORAD, Santa, contact center, unified communications, collaboration, conferencing, customer engagement, government solutions

About Avaya Government Solutions

Avaya Government Solutions offers communication and collaboration solutions to support citizens, government employees and warfighters.  With our technology and professional services team, agencies can bring the right people together with the right information at the right time.  For more information, visit www.avayagov.com.

About Avaya

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on-premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. Avaya’s fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit www.avaya.com.


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